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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B21/S7.036

POSSIBILITIES OF SAFETY IMPROVEMENT AND TRACEABILITY OF EMPLOYEES IN THE MINE ENVIRONMENT

F. Benes, P. Stasa, J. Svub, Z. Neustupa
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-10-0 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 2, Vol. 1, 279-286 pp

ABSTRACT
Automatic identification technology have been started to be more and more applied in many fields of human activities. This phenomenon is nowadays increased even in the fields where this technology is not primarily intended to be used. Our goal is to find synergies between the benefits that automatic identification technology provides and applicability of the mentioned technology in uncommon fields in order to reduce the occurrence of risky situations and improve safety and level of automation in the entire process. The paper deals with research and analysis of UHF RFID technology usability for the traceability of persons working in underground coal mines. Thanks to the application of the means of automatic identification (UHF RFID technology) we aim on the workers safety enhancement and unambiguous employees localization that is crucial for emergency situations, such as cave-ins, etc. Indisputable advantage of UHF RFID technology compared to other means of automatic identification is especially multiple IDs reading at one time and also the fact that there is no need for line of sight reading. With this it is possible to implement automatic localization technology in an environment where we are not able to use common positioning technologies such as GPS.

Keywords: RFID, positioning, mine

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